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US Representative Aumua Amata Coleman Radewagen

Proudly Representing American Samoa

Amata Welcomes Over $10 Million in Airport Grants

August 31, 2017
Press Release

Washington, D.C. – Thursday, Congresswoman Aumua Amata was pleased to announce more than $10.1 million in grants from the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) for the Pago Pago International Airport.

“These efforts to preserve and update the Pago Pago Airport are major projects that deserve this funding,” Aumua Amata said. “American Samoa must always have a dependable, accessible and well-maintained airport to help counter our economic and geographic isolation.”

Specifically, two DOT grants, one of $10 million and one of $135,000, are designated for the ongoing rehabilitation plans at Pago Pago International Airport. The larger grant is directed to the runway apron area, which is where aircraft are parked for refueling, loading, unloading and other services, while the other funds are for runway safety features.

“I welcome the DOT’s understanding of the importance of this airport to us on American Samoa,” concluded the Congresswoman. “I appreciate also the efforts of all those at work on these improvements, and the leadership of Port Administration Director, Taimalelagi Dr. Claire Poumele.”